Album Review: “Beauty Behind The Madness” by Blade Brown
Artist: The Weeknd
Album: “Beauty Behind The Madness“
Despite not really doing any press in the US, The Weeknd is still one of the biggest r&b acts around. Following the huge success of his hit singles “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)” and “The Hills”, Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd releases his sophomore album: Beauty Behind The Madness.
While not completely abandoning the sound he’s developed over the years, The Weeknd goes for a lighter tone with this album. The album does have more of a pop feel to it as far as the tracks go, but the lyrics are still the subject matter that you’d expect to hear from The Weeknd. Frequent collaborators Drake & Juicy J are substituted for the likes of Lana Del Ray & Ed Sheeran. While the pairings may sound unusual, both collaborative efforts turn out good. Especially the Ed Sheeran featured “Dark Times”, which is a standout cut from the album . Last year’s promotional single “Often” winds up making the album’s final cut, and still sounds fresh despite being almost a year old.
“Acquainted” reunites Weeknd with Illangelo, who produced the entire “Trilogy” project, and the chemistry hasn’t missed a beat. The Kanye West produced “Tell Your Friends” finds Weeknd laying out his lifestyle for the world to see. Drugs, women, money. He holds nothing back on the smooth production. A video for the track was recently released that also has visuals for the album’s opening track, “Real Life”. The album’s closing track “Angel” has Weeknd letting go of a girl so she can find the right person for her. The song shows a different side to the artist, and is a nice way to balance and close out the album.
The Weeknd has not only put together his best project since “House Of Balloons”, but also the best r&b album of the year. There isn’t another artist in the game like him. And with this record, he proves he’s here to stay.
Top 5 Songs
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
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